Bearcats Remain Unbeaten

Dec. 21, 2010

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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Dion Dixon scored a career-high 23 points, and Cincinnati remained one of nine unbeaten Division I teams on Tuesday night, pulling away to a 64-48 win over Miami (Ohio).

The Bearcats (11-0) are on their longest winning streak since 2004-05, when they opened 11-0 in Bob Huggins' final season as coach.

Dixon led a fast-break offense that pulled away late in the first half after Miami (5-7) led by seven. Ibrahima Thomas had his third career double-double, getting 11 points and matching his career high with 13 rebounds as the Bearcats dominated inside.

Miami's last win in the series came on Dec. 1, 1990 in Oxford. Cincinnati hadn't made the 45-minute drive north in nearly 18 years.

They jumped ahead again by hitting 3s. Miami made five of its first seven shots from beyond the arc and pulled ahead 27-20 with 6:22 left in the half. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin got a technical foul during Miami's early surge.

Cincinnati closed the half with a 15-1 run set up by fast-break points. Point guard Cashmere Wright had a steal and layup, a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer during the six-minute spurt, which made it 35-28 at the break. Miami missed eight shots and had three turnovers during the run.

The RedHawks couldn't make any shots consistently at the start of the second half, either. Darnell Wilks' 3-pointer built the lead to 48-33 with 11:58 to go, putting the Bearcats in control. After that fast start, Miami went only 1 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc the rest of the way.